New Wave Swimmers Continue Success at Summer Games

Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: Supplied photo Coached by Pat and Tom Rears along with Abbey Mower, the New Wave swim team continued to have success at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games June 8-10.

Success at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games and the New Wave swim team seem to be a perfect fit. During the weekend of June 8 through 10, seven of New Wave’s nine swimmers not only competed, but fared well in a variety of swimming events, which were contested at The College of New Jersey.

“It was a very busy and fun weekend for our Special Olympian swimmers,” said Pat Rears, who coaches the squad alongside her husband, Tom, and Southern Regional’s Abbey Mower. “All our athletes had great success in their individual events and relays, and they took medals of all colors home with them.”

Little Egg Harbor’s Katherine Hirshkind and Beach Haven’s Thomas Rears were first-place finishers in one of their individual events. Hirshkind blazed her way to a time of 37.22 seconds to win the 25-meter freestyle, while Rears swiped the top spot in the 25-meter butterfly in a sizzling 30.91 seconds. Hirshkind snatched second place in the 25-meter freestyle with a time of 33.53 seconds as well, and Rears also snagged fifth in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of :57.94.

In the 4x25-meter freestyle relay, Hirshkind teamed with Manahawkin’s Alyssa Bohner, Little Egg Harbor’s Danielle Pecoraro and West Creek’s Christina Sexton to grab second place with a combined time of 3:01.10. The 4x25-meter medley relay crew of Bohner, Sexton, Pecoraro and Manahawkin’s Matt Ominski also snagged second place, clocking a combined time of 3:21.37.

Individually, Bohner took second in the 25-meter breaststroke with a time of :56.37 and third in the 25-meter free in :44.19, while Ominski raced to a second-place time of :45.16 in the 25-meter breaststroke and fifth-place time of :43.28 in the 25-meter free. Pecoraro also captured a second-place finish in the 25-meter butterfly with a solid time of 36.22 seconds.

Christina Sexton snagged fifth place in the 25-meter free with a time of :57.72, while her sister, Danielle, scored a pair of third-place finishes in the 25-meter free (:51.34) and 25-meter backstroke (:31.34).

John Arneth and Gabriel Shehady also compete for New Wave. Due to new rules regarding advanced times, Shehady wasn’t able to compete in the New Jersey Summer Games. Instead, the Waretown athlete will be representing New Jersey in the USA Games, scheduled for July 1 through 6 in Seattle.

Local Track and Field Athletes
Fare Well in Their Events

In addition to New Wave’s swimmers, several track and field athletes from Southern Ocean County did well at the New Jersey Summer Games – West Creek’s Carlie Evans, Beach Haven’s Robin Close and Manahawkin’s Marco Gonzalez.

Evans swiped the top spot in the 50-meter dash with a time of 12.81 seconds and snatched second place in the softball throw with a distance of 7.32 meters. Close won a pair of individual events – taking first in the 100-meter dash in 17.63 seconds as well as the 400-meter dash in 1:28.50 – and helped the BDA Iron Men 4x100-meter relay to a second-place time of 1:29.73. Gonzalez, who also was part of the BDA Iron Men relay, swiped third in the 100-meter dash in 22.34 seconds and fifth in the mini javelin throw with a distance of 5.92 meters.

— David Biggy

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